ZAGREB – Extra effort needed to reach compromise on EU budget

“EU member states will have to put in an extra effort to reach a compromise on the Multiannual Financial Framework, and at this summit, the time was not ripe for that, “ said Croatian PM Andrej Plenković after a marathon summit in Brussels, which ended on Friday. 

> Read more about the outcome of the summit: “EU leaders fail to agree on first post-Brexit budget as divisions grow“.

Plenković is satisfied that Croatia, being the youngest EU member state and having used only one seven-year budget, has thus far maintained special status in the negotiating framework according to which Zagreb would be allowed to use up to €600 million from the EU’s Cohesion Policy.

The PM has also managed to include the issue of depopulation and demographic revitalisation, which has never before been part of the negotiating box.

“If we were to meet next week, I am afraid we would still be in the same position as we are today. We have to find a way to bring our positions closer together. The position of most of the countries is quite clear and no one has anything against embodying the rule of law mechanism. The key in this debate is not to leave too much space to arbitrariness, but to say precisely what that refers to” added Plenković.

(Tea Trubić Macan,   

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